The Ways of Walls and Words April 15, 2015 The Ways of Walls and Words Sabrina Vourvoulias Can the spirit truly be imprisoned? Ballroom Blitz April 1, 2015 Ballroom Blitz Veronica Schanoes Can't stop drinking, can't stop dancing, can't stop smoking, can't even die. Dog March 25, 2015 Dog Bruce McAllister "Watch the dogs when you're down there, David." The Museum and the Music Box March 18, 2015 The Museum and the Music Box Noah Keller History is rotting away, just like the museum.
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Mon
Apr 13 2015 10:40am

New Ant-Man Trailer Finally Shows Off Ant-Man’s Powers

Ant-Man trailer

What with its hard-to-take-seriously premise (a man can shrink down to the size of an ant to fight crime) and troubled production schedule, Marvel’s Ant-Man hasn’t looked too encouraging. But at least the latest trailer actually shows us what thief-turned-superhero Scott Lang can do once he is gifted with Hank Pym’s shrinking technology.

Through visuals we probably would have been better off seeing in the first trailer, Ant-Man shrinks down to the size of his namesakes, but shares their superhuman strength against people hundreds of times his size. This leads to scenes like Ant-Man facing off against Yellowjacket during a high-stakes train chase scene... which we realize is actually on a child’s Thomas the Tank Engine set.

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Mon
Apr 13 2015 8:00am

Morning Roundup: Leap Into This A Darker Shade of Magic Fan Art

A Darker Shade of Magic fan art Victoria Ying V.E. Schwab

Like its protagonist Kell, we find ourselves jumping into the parallel universes of V.E. Schwab’s A Darker Shade of Magic. First, Tor Books divided itself according to which Londons people would live in. And now Schwab herself has shared this amazing fan art by Victoria Ying. (You’ve got Kell and Lila, above, plus several other characters.) “If A Darker Shade of Magic ever gets a graphic novel, please just let it look like this,” Schwab tweeted. And then Ying sent her a care package! Too cute.

Morning Roundup includes a classic being rebooted, a classic’s sequel finally starting to be developed, and three classic video games mashed up into one amazing playing experience.

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Fri
Apr 10 2015 2:48pm

Orbit Books Announces Two New Ann Leckie Novels!

Ancillary Justice Ann Leckie new books Orbit BooksFans of Ann Leckie who are sad to see her Imperial Radch trilogy ending this year will be delighted to learn that Orbit Books has purchased two more novels from Leckie!

The first, tentatively scheduled for release in fall 2017, will take place in the same universe as Ancillary Justice (which won the Hugo, Nebula, and Arthur C. Clarke Awards) and its follow-ups Ancillary Sword and Ancillary Mercy.

The second will be an unrelated science fiction novel. Both will be published simultaneously in the United States and the UK.

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Fri
Apr 10 2015 2:00pm

Afternoon Roundup: SMILE!

Jared Leto Joker camera photo Suicide Squad

When David Ayer recently posted a photo of the Suicide Squad cast, fans wondered where the hell was Jared Leto? Ayer responded with this, the closest thing we’ve seen yet to Leto in-character as the Joker. As Entertainment Weekly points out, it seems to be an homage to the cover for The Killing Joke.

Afternoon Roundup brings you a horror story about the Apple Watch, your biggest Internet nightmare coming to the silver screen, and the Left Hand of Darkness radio play!

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Fri
Apr 10 2015 1:30pm

Listen to the Fantastic Fiction at KGB Podcast!

KGB Bar

Fantastic Fiction at KGB is a monthly reading series that has been held at the famous KGB Bar in Manhattan since the late 1990s, and is currently hosted by Tor.com consulting editor Ellen Datlow and author Matthew Kressel. Upcoming readers include great SFF writers like Wesley Chu, David Edison, and N.K. Jemisin, and past readers include luminaries like Kelly Link and Jeff VanderMeer.

If you’re not able to drop by the Lower East Side, though, you can listen to all of the readings on the Fantastic Fiction at KGB Podcast, which includes stories from Genevieve Valentine, Mary Robinette Kowal, Sofia Samatar, and many more! Next week’s reading on April 15th features Ken Liu and James Morrow, and you can find the list of all readers through November below!

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Fri
Apr 10 2015 11:30am

“Killed! Killed! Killed!” Key & Peele Recap All the Deaths in Game of Thrones

Key and Peele Game of Thrones recap video

It is coldblooded up in Westeros—Game of Thrones is killin’ people left and right. That comes as no surprise, but what is an unexpected delight is seeing comedy duo Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele reenact the series’ shocking and grisly deaths in an amazing video recap.

[“Khaleesi straight up with them dragons!”]

Fri
Apr 10 2015 11:10am

What if Petunia Dursley Had Been a Good Person? This Harry Potter Alternate Universe Will Break Your Heart

Harry Potter, Petunia Dursley, Fiona Shaw

Imagining alternate realities for popular stories is par for the course in fandom, but some of them inevitably hit harder than others. We came across this AU version of Harry Potter, where Tumblr user ink-splotch postulated what the saga might have been like if Petunia Dursley had found some love in her heart for little Harry, and left Vernon to raise her two boys on her own.

The result is beautiful, but it hurts so much.

[She took him in and fed him and changed him and got him his shots, and she hated his eyes up until the day she looked at the boy and saw her nephew, not her sister’s shadow.]

Fri
Apr 10 2015 9:00am

Listen to 13 International Versions of the Game of Thrones Theme!

Bran Game of Thrones headphones

Soundcloud user Moslem Rasouli has composed a Persian version of the Game of Thrones theme song, and we can’t stop listening to the sounds of Westeros as played on the traditional Iranian tonbak and kamancheh. It turns out the Game of Thrones theme, originally written by Iranian-German composer Ramin Djawadi, has been reinterpreted and performed everywhere from Spain to Turkey to Australia, and we’ve rounded up some of our favorite versions to listen to while we wait for the premiere of the fifth season on Sunday night.

Check out thirteen international versions of the Game of Thrones theme below, and tell us which one you like best (or would like to see next) in the comments!

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Fri
Apr 10 2015 8:00am

Morning Roundup: The Happiest Suicide Squad You Ever Did See

Suicide Squad cast table read Will Smith Margot Robbie

Even though Jared Leto/The Joker is absent from this Suicide Squad cast photo (tweeted by David Ayer), the rest of the cast seems to be having plenty of fun at the table read. And look! Three previously unannounced cast members.

Morning Roundup giggles over the best Avengers: Age of Ultron tie-in product and shivers all over again over True Detective season 2.

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Thu
Apr 9 2015 3:15pm

Salvaging Darkness and SFF Spirit Animals: Highlights from Wesley Chu’s Reddit AMA

Wesley Chu Reddit AMA highlights best answers

Kilimanjaro-climbing, ninja-fighting author Wesley Chu always makes for a wonderfully amusing Reddit AMA subject. Last time, he traded whiskey for “tuckerizing” a reader (i.e., making them a character who will most likely get killed off). This time around, he recalled his worst acting gig (it included Kanye West) and discussed the merits of the bathrobe as a “standard author uniform” that allows the wearer to “Jedi up” at a moment’s notice.

Chu also discussed the dark inspiration behind his new book Time Salvager (out July 7 from Tor Books), which follows “chronman” James Griffin-Mars, who must travel back in time to recover treasures and valuables from Earth before major accidents. The twist is, James can’t change the tragedies of the past that have made Earth the toxic landscape it is today.

[Read on for the highlights and dark insights of Chu’s AMA!]

Thu
Apr 9 2015 2:30pm

Afternoon Roundup: Look at This Thing!

first look The Thing Fantastic Four reboot Jamie Bell

Whether or not this is the coolest thing you’ll see today, it’s the coolest Thing we’ve seen so far. We’re talking, of course, about the Fantastic Four character, which looked so fake in the first run of these movies that we try to block it out of our memories (along with Captain America shouting, “Flame on!”). For the reboot, Josh Trank had Jamie Bell go the mo-cap route of his predecessors Andy Serkis and especially Mark Ruffalo—and it looks pretty great.

Afternoon Roundup mourns a Twin Peaks without David Lynch but appreciates Louie replaced with a certain Wookiee.

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Thu
Apr 9 2015 8:00am

Morning Roundup: This April Fool’s Prank Becomes a Real “Smart Boy”

iPhone 6 Game Boy case Smart Boy April Fool's joke confirmed

This iPhone Game Boy add-on began as an April Fool’s prank, but the Internet has spoken: They want to actually be able to play Game Boy games on their smartphones! Now, the company Hyperkin is actually working to make the “Smart Boy” a reality.

Morning Roundup ponders the meaning behind Captain Cosmos, whether A.I.s will save us or kill us, and how to find our way home using Interstellar.

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Wed
Apr 8 2015 2:00pm

Afternoon Roundup: The Lost Holiday a Decade in the Making

Lost Day 4 18 15 16 23 42

Two once-in-a-lifetime numbered holidays in one year! First Pi Day, and now Lost Day: On April 8, 2015, at 16:23:42, you know what you have to do. Well, actually, it’s not at all clear if that specific time of day will inspire a fan celebration, a message from the show’s creators, or a flash-sideways. You should probably just keep punching in those numbers over and over—you know, to be safe.

Afternoon Roundup assesses your TV-watching personality, gets ready for the dodo bird resurgence, and enjoys Nathan Fillion’s seven-layer bean dip.

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Wed
Apr 8 2015 11:40am

Brontosaurus Was Real All Along

Brontosaurus The Flintstones

Welcome back, thunder lizard! A new study has found that Brontosaurus, the Pluto of dinosaurs, actually does exist. For over a century, paleontologists (well, just one, this guy named Elmer Riggs in 1903) have maintained that the bones belonging to the newfound Brontosaurus were just a mistaken identification of bones from the already-existing Apatosaurus. Since the first name established for a dinosaur is kept as the official name, this wiped Brontosaurus from the official records. (This is also the fate that befell our beloved LukeSkywalkerasaurus, the toy we created by gluing Luke’s action figure head to a Dilophosaurus toy.)

[But now it’s canon again!]

Wed
Apr 8 2015 8:00am

Morning Roundup: “C” is for Carpet!

Cookie Monster Rug

OK, fine, you’ve hunted and skinned a Cookie Monster. We don’t agree with this choice, but as long as it’s Cookie Monster Season, there’s nothing we can do to stop you. Having said that, what are you thinking letting your child eat cookies atop a Cookie Monster pelt??? We think the next time you look in a mirror, you will find the true monster. You can learn how to make your own rug here, sicko.

Morning Roundup brings you discussions of Indiana Bridge Sequences, chats with Bill Nye and Ken Liu, and the physics behind The Greatest Film of Our Time.

[Plus the Avengers travel back to the 90s!]

Tue
Apr 7 2015 2:45pm

Crow T. Robot’s Voice Is Going Back to Space!

Other Space

We are cautiously optimistic about Other Space! Yahoo’s next step into the universe of comedy is a bit of a jumble—incompetent bickering crew searches for aliens, and inadvertently finds an alternate universe that will probably kill them—but Trace Beaulieu is a sarcastic robot! Joel Hodgson is back in a jumpsuit! Paul Feig is back on TV! Check out the trailer below!

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Tue
Apr 7 2015 2:30pm

Afternoon Roundup: Launch the Alert Vipers!

Battlestar Galactica Viper car

Do you have the chops to fly this Viper? Amusement park mechanic Dean Shorey’s souped-up Chevy-turned-Battlestar Galactica tribute has made its way around the Internet for years—and why not, look at the frakkin’ thing! But now a Jalopnik commenter has provided more context for how this wonderful car-ship hybrid came to be.

Afternoon Roundup resurrects a beloved dinosaur, waits to see what Matt and Ben will do with dystopia, and plans an epic tabletop gaming celebration!

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Tue
Apr 7 2015 1:05pm

Steven Moffat: Expect At Least Five More Years of Doctor Who

Doctor Who 5 more years

Doctor Who show runner Steven Moffat gave a short statement to Radio Times on April 5th, Easter Sunday regarding the longevity of the program.

I thought it would last ten years. I didn’t think it would last ten years with BBC Worldwide trying to get me in a room to talk about their plan for the next five years!

Five more years of a show is a tremendous commitment for any TV channel to make, let alone the BBC, which tends to only commit to short seasons for drama programs, of 6 to 10 episodes total, with a re-examination each year as to whether a particular show should return. It's even more astounding considering how a wane in popularity and threats of cancellations dogged the show in the 1980s, leading to what could have been its permanent demise.

The claim of that viewers will experience a minimum 15 year run for the revived Doctor Who brings a new tone to the 21st century version of the program. This is no longer a new show with an unsteady future. Rather, this is the unfolding of a new classic era.

With Doctor Who set to run into the year 2020, how many new Doctors will we see? Or will Peter Capaldi stay on and cement a Tom Baker-style legacy? Time, as always, will tell.

Tue
Apr 7 2015 10:00am

Giggle Along With Game of Thrones!

Tommen Baratheon

Long ago, in the cold days after The Red Wedding, we made An Earnest Attempt to Make You Feel Good About Game of Thrones Again featuring some of our favorite memes, crafts, and all-around cute things fandom had to offer. A fool’s errand, perhaps? Whistling in the grimdark? And yet, as the show becomes even more chokingly, eye-poppingly bleak, we felt called once again to look for the lighter side of Westeros.

Above, deviant artist Sir-Heartsalot depicts a sweet scene of young Tommen Baratheon playing with his kittens—Ser Pounce, Lady Whiskers, and Boots—and dreaming up some romantic narrative for them to playact. Skulking in the background is an adorably deranged version of Balerion, the cat that Arya once chased around King’s Landing in happier times...

Spoilers ahead.

[It’s bleak in there, guys.]

Tue
Apr 7 2015 8:00am

Morning Roundup: Godzilla Pants are the Best Pants

Godzilla

In one of our favorite ever behind-the-scenes shots, Haruo Nakajima stomps a defenseless village in 1954’s Godzilla, King Of The Monsters! STOMP.

Morning Roundup brings you yet another attempt to make sense of Interstellar, an epic fantasy post from Emerald Con, and fun Game of Thrones fact for kids and adults!

[Plus, we’re nominating Sterling Archer for the next guest reader on Reading Rainbow.]